Weekly Projects Update – 38 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$4,144m

In the week ended 26th May 2016, AcuComm added 38 new or updated projects to our Business db, worth an estimated US$4,144 million and waste capacity of just under 9.5 million tonnes.

This takes the total estimated value of projects in the database to US$313 billion.

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  • Municipal Solid Waste and general organic materials were the leading feedstocks in the past week, accounting for 3.7 million and 1.8 million tonnes, respectively.
  • The leading countries in the past week were the USA with eight projects and the UK with seven.

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#Editor’sPick – waste-to-energy and plastic waste-to-oil facilities


UK: Construction of a 50 MW WtE facility
Covanta and Veolia are to join forces to develop a waste-to-energy facility at the former Rookery brick clay extraction pit, near Stewartby, Bedfordshire. The facility will process up to 480,000 tonnes per year of municipal, commercial and industrial waste to generate over 50 MW of low carbon energy. Originally awarded Development Consent Order back in 2011, the revived project will be jointly-owned by the two companies, with Covanta operating the facility and Veolia supplying the waste. Construction could commence by later 2017, with the facility becoming operational in 2020.

For the latest developments on this project, click here.

Singapore: Construction of a new 120 MW waste-to-energy plant
On 20th May 2016, a spokesperson from Hyflux advised AcuComm that construction work on the project, valued at an estimated S$750 million, has just commenced and will be completed in 2019. Also in May, Hyflux revealed that the consortium with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, through its project company, TuasOne Pte Ltd, has achieved financial close for the project financing of the WtE plant.

TuasOne has secured a S$653 million 27-year term loan facility which will be used to finance the development, construction and start-up costs of the plant. The project financing is provided by DBS Bank, Maybank Kim Eng Securities, Mizuho Bank and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, which are the lead arrangers, underwriters and bookrunners for the facility.

To find out how this project is progressing, click here.

US: Construction of a commercial-scale plastic waste-to-oil facility
Vadxx Energy’s CEO, Jim Garrett, has confirmed to AcuComm that construction of the company’s US$20 million first commercial-scale, plastic waste-to-energy facility, located in Akron, OH, has been completed and the plant is due to be started-up in a few months.

The facility, capable of consuming 25,000 tonnes of plastic material annually, will create petrochemical products used to make diesel fuel and lubricants.

For more information on this development, click here.

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“AcuComm make excellent reports on investments planned and implemented, unique in the waste industry. The landfill report is essential reading to anyone in the sector of final sinks. It shows landfills are going to be around for decades to come. Better to understand this and plan your investments and projects accordingly.”

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Weekly Projects Update – 45 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$4,500m

In the week ended 19th May 2016, AcuComm added 45 new or updated projects to our Business db, worth an estimated US$4,500 million and waste capacity of just over 7.5 million tonnes.

This takes the total estimated value of projects to US$311 billion.

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  • WtE incineration was the largest category, accounting for just over 2.1 million tonnes.
  • The leading countries from the past week were the USA with 12 projects, the UK with six and Canada with five.

As part of AcuComm’s Search Analytics, you and your organisation can gain access to each of these new projects and the thousands of others we have in our database. Simply tick the criteria you wish to search for and instantly generate a list of projects that have been analysed across four key metrics – value, capacity, output and expected completion date.

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#Editor’sPick – CHP, wood pellets and biomass facilities

Sweden: Construction of a new biomass-fuelled combined heat and power plant
On 9th May 2016, Fortum Värme inaugurated its new wood-fired combined heat and power plant (CHP) in Värtan, Stockholm. The €500 million plant is one of the world’s largest biomass plants in operation, with annual production expected to be approximately 1,700 GWh heat and 750 GWh electricity. When the plant starts commercial production in autumn 2016, it will use forest residues and wood waste to produce district heat for nearly 200,000 households.

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©Fortum Värme bygger ett biobränslebaserat kraftvärmeverk i Värtan, Stockholm. Driftklart i början av 2016. Photo: Hans Ekestang – Creative Commons License

To find out more on the new facility, click here.

Spain: Construction of a wood pellet plant and 49.5 MW biomass facility
Forestalia Renovables is planning to construct the largest facility in Spain for the production of biomass pellets in Erla, Zaragoza. The €100 million project, known as Centro Integral Biomass de Erla (CIBE), will also include a 49.5 MW biomass plant for the generation of electricity that is scheduled to go into operation in 2020.

To keep up-to-date on developments for this project, click here.

Brazil: Construction of a 50 MW biomass plant
Eldorado Brasil is to invest R$300 million in building a 50 MW biomass thermoelectric power plant, called Onça Pintada, located in Aparecida do Toboado (Mato Gross do Sul). The company will also use a R$357.980 million loan from the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES). Onça Pintada will generate energy from wood chips made from stumps and eucalyptus roots.

Click here if you’d like to find out more.

Senate passes energy bill on ‘carbon-neutral’ biomass

The first major update to America’s energy policy in over eight years passed through the Senate last month, with a new amendment which would direct federal agencies to establish policies that classify biomass as renewable and carbon-neutral.

Unlike solar and wind energies, which are limitless in supply and do not contribute carbon to the atmosphere, biomass products can be regrown and sequester carbon from the environment once more, leading people to believe it should be classed as a renewable energy source. The new provision (the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, S.2012), if enacted, would provide clarity and consistency in a rapidly changing energy industry. It would encourage renewable energy development and facilitate improvements in infrastructure and the rapidly changing energy industry itself. The bill has now been passed to the House of Representatives, which must also approve it in order for it to then be sent to the President for signing into law.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who offered the amendment, stated “biomass energy is sustainable, responsible, renewable and economically significant as an energy source, and many states are already relying on biomass to meet their renewable energy goals”.

The Biomass Thermal Energy Council has expressed its support for the amendment, but critics fear that a biomass boom could cause issues for the environment, such as forest clearcutting.

For more information on the new bill, click here.

Weekly Projects Update – 44 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$4,929m

In the week ended 12th May 2016, AcuComm added 44 new or updated projects to our Business db, worth an estimated US$4,929 million and waste capacity of just over 6.5 million tonnes.

This takes the cumulative total of projects to 4,057, with an estimated investment value of US$310 billion.

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  • Municipal Solid Waste and wood were the leading feedstocks in the past week, accounting for 3.6 million tonnes and 1.4 million tonnes, respectively.
  • The leading countries from the past week were the UK with ten projects, and the USA with nine.

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#Editor’sPick – glass recycling, bioenergy, waste-to-energy


UK: Expansion of glass recycling facility
Viridor has completed one of Europe’s most advanced glass recycling facilities after a recent £2 million investment project at its Sheffield glass recycling plant at Salmon Pastures, making a total investment of some £6.7 million in recent years. The facility has become one of only two of its kind in the UK to achieve ‘End of Waste’ accreditation for the glass produced.

For the more information on the completed facility, click here.

Australia: Development of Australia’s largest bioenergy project
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing A$3 million in support for Renewable Developments Australia (RDA) to build the business case for establishing a proposed A$800 million biofuel production facility at Pentland, near Charters towers in North Queensland.

ARENA claims the facility would be Australia’s largest bioenergy project. The plant is designed to produce up to 350 million litres of fuel grade bioethanol per annum.

To keep up to date with this project, click here.

Thailand: Construction of two 10 MW waste-to-energy (WtE) plants
Superblock is planning to construct an industrial waste-to-energy (WtE) plant and a community/household-based WtE plant in one of the north-eastern provinces. Each plant, which would have a capacity of 10 MW, will require an investment of around THB 1.3-1.5 billion.

Work on both plants is due to begin in 2016 and will take around 12-14 months to complete.

You can take a look at developments for both the first and second facilities.

Make Waste Attractive!

When it comes to waste plants, adjectives such as interesting, innovative or attractive are not what usually spring to mind. However, as the years have progressed, more and more architects and designers have been commissioned to redefine the generally negative perception, by creating plants that are far from dull, ugly or ordinary. We have done a little research and outlined just a few of the AcuComm team’s favourites below.

Spittelau Incineration Plant – Vienna, Austria

A popular photographic motif in Vienna is the Spittelau Waste Incineration Plant. The façade was redesigned following a major fire in 1989, and now presents colourful, irregular structures that were created by eco-architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Details on the plant’s renovation can be found in our Business db database by clicking here.

Beauty rating: 8/10

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WtE Plant – Isle of Man

The Richmond Hill energy-from-waste facility, designed by Savage & Chadwick Architects, is notable for its unusual shape and features, with the stack of the plant designed to represent a Viking sail. The incinerator was built on an old disused landfill in 2004 and has the capacity to treat around 60,000 tonnes of municipal waste, as well as clinical and animal waste.

Beauty rating: 7/10

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Bioresource Facility, (REnescience Northwich)

Another project currently in our database is the development of the Bioresource Facility in Greater Manchester. After recently receiving planning consent, this plant is due to be fully operational by early 2017, treating up to 120,000 tonnes of waste per year using DONG Energy’s patented REnescience technology. The facility’s structure will be of a contemporary style and will make the most of its green surroundings with lots of plant life and greenery.

Beauty rating: 7/10


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Amager Bakke WtE Plant – Denmark

Currently under construction, the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant is set to combine innovative technology with impressive architecture to form a future where facilities are accepted by local people. It will be equipped with two furnace lines and a joint turbine and generator system to treat around 400,000 tonnes of waste annually and supply a minimum of 50,000 households with electricity. However, the exciting aspects of this plant are that it will blow rings of water vapour, as well as feature a 31,000-square-metre ski slope on its roof! For up-to-date details on how the project is progressing, click here.

Beauty rating: 8/10

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WtE Plant – Baoan, China

The Bao’an WtE plant in Shenzhen, China is the largest of its kind in the country, with a total capacity to treat 4,200 tonnes of municipal waste per day. Expansion of the facility was completed 2013 and features bright, bold colours and uniquely shaped structures. For more information on the plant, click here.

Beauty rating: 7/10

Guangzhou,  Likeng II WtE Plant – China

The Likeng waste-fired power plant in Guangzhou is one of the larget WtE plants in China. The facility is based on Babcock & Wilcox Vølund’s engineering design and features a colourful exterior, highlighted by parts of its rainbow-inspired structure.

Beauty rating: 7/10

Likeng II WtE©Photo: Babcock & Wilcox Vølund.

Baku WtE Plant – Azerbaijan

The Baku waste-to-energy plant is part of an overall environment action plan by the Azerbaijan government. Inaugurated back in 2012, the plant has the annual capacity to process 500,000 tonnes of solid waste and up to 10,000 tonnes of medical waste. This facility is a great example of a modern and unusual design for an incineration plant.

Beauty rating: 7/10

Krakow WtE Plant – Poland

Back in December 2015, the new Krakow waste-to-energy facility received a permit of operation from the local Polish government and is now in a position to begin operations. Once commissioning is complete, the plant will thermally treat waste of more than 750,000 residents of the area, and in turn reduce the need for landfill. The unusually-shaped facility perfectly blends with its green surroundings and boasts a striking glass front.

Beauty rating: 8/10

Devonport EfW – Plymouth, UK

The Davenport energy-from-waste plant in the UK has gone a long way to improve its attraction! The plant features a lighting scheme on the east façade that lights from dusk till 11pm every night. For details on this facility, click here.

Beauty rating: 7/10

WtE Plant – Rzeszow, Poland

As part of a program to construct a number of waste-to-energy plants in Poland, Italian company TME SpA Termomeccanica Ecologia was awarded the contract for the design and construction of the latest plant to serve the city of Rzeszow. This modern plant will utilise glass in much of its exterior and is set to have a capacity of 100,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per year, generating around 8 MW in electrical power. For more information on the project, which is set to be commissioned in 2018, click here.

Beauty rating: 8/10

These are just some of the number of plants that are defining the future of waste, but of course there are more! If you know of any that could be included, we’d love to hear from you.

Weekly Projects Update – 44 new/updated projects, worth an estimated US$5,747m

In the week ended 5th May 2016, AcuComm added 44 new or updated projects to our Business db, worth an estimated US$5,747 million and waste capacity of just under 8.8 million tonnes.

This takes the total estimated value of projects in the database to US$309 billion.

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  • Municipal Solid Waste and wood were the leading feedstocks in the past week, accounting for 3.8 and 1.9 million tonnes, respectively.
  • The leading countries from the past week were the USA with eight projects and Canada with seven.

The average waste project from this week’s additions is worth US$77 million. There are naturally wide variations in average values due to size, duration and complexity, details of which you can discover through AcuComm’s Search function. Simply select the criteria that applies to your organisation and instantly generate a list of Renewables & Energy from Waste projects, management reprots and business intelligence.

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